January 6, 2019
Another year for new beginnings. 2019 started pretty quiet in my house. All my 5 kids have moved out. So, its official, me and Chuck are empty nesters. Chuck is my husband and in February we will be celebrating years of marriage.
More about me: I retired years ago. When I retired my initial thought was to get all my scrapbooking projects completed. I’ve been developing photos and buying scrapbooking material for about 25 years. I turned one of the rooms in my house into a room devoted to scrapbooking.
But during my first year of retirement I was volunteering for different organizations when I seen an advertisement to make baby quilts for Valley Children’s Hospital. I never made a quilt before, but I do know how to sew. I learned to sew in my youth. I took tailoring classes in my teens, but I left home for college and never continued. When I think about it, I don’t know why I stopped sewing because “Sewing was my first Love”.
Anyway, I always thought that one day I wanted to make quilts because my grandmother made quilts for the family and since her passing, I don’t think anyone else will continue. So, I volunteered to make baby quilts and I was hooked. Since then, I joined sewing groups, I joined two quilting guilds, I took sewing and quilting classes, I’ve been on sewing retreats and I went on a quilting bus trip to Oregon for the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show. I’ve entered quilts at the Fresno Fair and I’ve displayed my quilts in several local quilt shows. And I officially have a fabric stash.
My scrapbooking room has turned into a quilting, sewing room. But I don’t just make quilts. I like making other sewing projects. I make aprons, cosmetic bags, table runners, key fobs, mug rugs, wall hangings and more. I’ve sold some of these items at craft fairs.
Currently, I’m going to be displaying 9 quilt projects on February 2, 2019 at Praise Church of God in Christ, for Heritage Quilters biannual Quilt Show. All my projects are complete but one, it’s a twin-size quilt for my granddaughter. Yes, I have one grandchild, she is 12 years old. It’s a quilt with four large flowers. I had it professionally quilted but the center of the flowers needs to be appliqued on and the binding needs to be done. Then I’ll be finished.
My craft goals for 2019 is to #quiltmystash. If at all possible, I’m not going to purchase anymore fabric. All my quilt projects will come from my stash. (Fabric that I already have on hand) I have so much fabric that I think its absolutely ridiculous.
So, with that being said, I’m going to try to blog about my 2019 crafty journey. I’ve been wanting to do this blog for some time, but I keep procrastinating and not just doing it. But New Year, New Goals. Next week going to list a number of crafty goals for 2019. Hopefully, blogging about it will help me stay on task. And you can come along for the ride.
What are your crafty goals for 2019?